We at the China Women's Film Festival aim to promote women's rights and LGBTQ+ rights in China through the use of film and art.
The China Women's Film Festival (CWFF) was established in 2013. It is a non-profit organization based in Beijing that uses art and film to spark discussion among the Chinese community about women's and LGBTQ+ rights. In addition to hosting film festivals, the CWFF curates art exhibitions and organizes cultural forums to provoke discussion about the importance of gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights in China. Through these events, the CWFF hopes to increase public awareness and visibility of female directors, women in art, and the multitude of challenges facing women around the world.
The film festival is supported by UN Women and its HeforShe campaign, which provides a platform for people of every gender identity and expression to come together and continue the fight for gender equality. The festival’s sponsors include the Dutch Embassy, Norwegian Embassy, Delegation of the European Union to China and Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its partners include the Chilean Embassy, Swiss Embassy, Rotaract Beijing, the venues mentioned above, among others.
The China Women's Film Festival
The China Women's Film Festival is the biggest event of each year. During the festival, films that highlight gender inequality and LGBT rights in China and around the world are screened in various cultural centers, Embassies, and event spaces around Beijing for 10 days. The festival then goes on tour to around 10 other cities around China in order to reach a wider audience and to bring these socially conscious messages to communities that lack resources.
The festival aims to address gender inequality through a variety of films, forums, and discussions dealing with women’s issues. The CWFF works to increase public awareness and visibility of female directors, women in art, and the multitude of challenges facing women around the world. The festival will present an opportunity for national and international filmmakers, academics and female activists to network, exchange ideas and strengthen women’s roles in the film community.
Foreign and Chinese films that portray women’s lives and narratives are selected each year for the film festival. These feature films and documentaries come from many different countries and illuminate the fact that though the problems women face may differ from region to region, no place has achieved gender equality. Even among developed countries with progressive social movements, women still confront stigmas, roadblocks, and the ever-present glass ceiling.
EVAW Art Exhibition
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, also known as EVAW day on November 25 was initiated by the United Nations in 1999 by resolution 54/134. On this day, the UN encourages governments, NGOs, and international organizations to organize events in order to bring public awareness to this issue. The UN hopes that people around the world will use EVAW day to contemplate the global nature of this phenomenon, the frequency of which is occurs, and the preventative measures that governments and individual communities should implement.
Now coming on three years, CWFF, partnered with UN Women, has organized an annual EVAW Art Exhibition as their contribution to raising public awareness about violence against women and girls. Artists from around the world submit their artwork that highlights the prevalence of domestic violence, and the perseverance necessary to combat it.